Why won't my Thinkpad stsrt up?

IBM Thinkpad r51
July 13, 2007 at 15:51:49
Specs: XP, 1.0 GB, CPU ?

OK. I was playing The Sims 2 when my
screen goes black. Then all status lights
go off except for the Power light and the
Battery light. I turn the computer off since
there is nothing I can do about it. I then
power it on. At first everything goes
normally, but then Windows XP won't
load. The screen goes black and the hard
disk light turns off. I turn the computer off
and it hasn't started since. What's wrong
with the laptop???

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#1
July 13, 2007 at 19:05:55

as the boot starts hit the f8 key to get to the safe mode command.
see if the computer will load into safemode.
if it does get into safemode, go to system icon in control panel, open and remove the display drivers.
reboot, see if window will reload the video properly,

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#2
July 13, 2007 at 20:12:17

Also might try to remove AC plug and battery. Then press the power on button a few times. Then retry,

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you goober.


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#3
July 14, 2007 at 17:06:37

It won't even turn on. I can't press F8
because it won't even get that far. I
already tried removing the AC plug and
battery. It didn't work. But thanks guys. I
appreciate it.

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#4
July 15, 2007 at 15:18:09

OK... I have made 3 guesses to the
problem. It could be the battery, hard
drive, or the video adapter. Or maybe the
computer's just fried. I don't know yet. I
usually compute with the laptop on my lap
on my bed. I'm not sure if that will help
you any, but hey... it can't hurt. And the
computer is still showing absolutely no
sign of life. The startup process still won't
begin. Nothing happens except a few
flashes from the Battery light, so that
would make the first suggestion not
exactly work... but when it actually gets
that far suggestion number 1 will be the
first thing I try...

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#5
July 16, 2007 at 11:04:49

This is funny. I removed the battery and
the thing started like normal. I tried
suggestion number one, except the
drivers were just fine. Safe Mode worked
like a dream. I looked in the Device
Manager and every single thing was fine. I
tried to open PC-Doctor, but it said, "This
version of PC-Doctor is not registered for
use on this machine." Then I accidentally
bumped it and it died. But the power cord
is a bit loose in the power thingy on the
computer, so it might have been enough
to pull it out. This morning I tried again
and the thing started beautifully. I went
into Safe Mode. When the list of the
drivers loaded appeared, everything was
there. Then the cat stepped up and
bumped it. I put him out and tried to start
again. It didn't work. I hate my cat.

This has ruled out the computer being
fried, video drivers, and hard drive. So the
only culprit I can think of is the battery, but
I'm not sure...

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#6
July 16, 2007 at 16:38:30

There was a recall of the ac adapters that may or may not affect that model.

As you say it might be a poor connection somewhere.

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#7
July 17, 2007 at 19:37:00

Would totally discharging the battery and
then putting it in the freezer revive it or
screw it? I read this advice on the WWW.

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#8
July 18, 2007 at 03:27:42

"thingy" usually called the 'power socket'could be loose?.
2. I had this problem on my Thinkpad R50e and it was 'sorted' by recharging the battery via the adaptor, which itself could have developed a fault in your case.

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#9
July 19, 2007 at 13:07:31

How can I recharge my battery with the
adapter? And this is funny: I had the
battery out for who knows how long, and
then I just put it back in a few minutes
ago. Thing started like a dream. I booted
in Safe Mode and tried to restore the
system to a previous date. The restore
finished fine and the computer restarted.
But lo, it wouldn't restart. I managed to get
it to start by removing the battery. I tried to
restart normally, but as soon as I tried to
put it on my desk, it shut off. GRR!

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#10
July 21, 2007 at 01:30:17

which model Thinkpad do you have? (mine is R50e)
on rethink of my problem as in previous reply.I realised I was running it on the battery until that was 'flat' only after trying to startup a few times with no success, powered up from wall socket which 'did the job'.

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#11
July 28, 2007 at 09:58:22

r51. I wasn't running it on battery, it was
on wall power...

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#12
August 20, 2007 at 08:39:08

OK... this is a bit bizzare. I am in Detroit now and my ThinkPad has been in it's case for weeks. I pulled it out for the Detroit computer guy to look at it and see what's wrong. I tried to start it just for the heck of it and guess what? It started like a charm. It said, "Windows could not start successfully." I chose the Start Windows Normally button and it started like a dream. I took it upstairs and a few minutes later, the thing died. I took it downstairs and set it on my lap. I started it up again and it worked. I tilted my knee a bit to see what would happen and it died.

By "died" I mean the screen went black and the only status lights that were on were the power and the battery. The hard disk stops responding.

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